Personal Independence Payments Question

As part of the Work and Pensions Oral Questions on Monday 1st September, I asked the Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, about the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP is a benefit that supports disabled people across the country to lead independent and active lives.

A number of my constituents receive…

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£12.5k Tax Free Success

I’d like to thank all my constituents who have supported my petition to increase the Personal Allowance in Income Tax to the level of the National Minimum Wage to £12,000 or above so that the people earning the minimum wage would not pay any Income Tax.

Yesterday saw the Prime Minister…

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Military action against ISIL

Update on 3rd October 2014:  It’s very hard in a day – which is the notice we had – to get a representative opinion of my constituents (only 0.5% voted online).

I did check the poll results, and I did read every email sent to me. The fact that a majority were…

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Unemployment halved since election

On Wednesday, the ONS released its unemployment figures for August.

I’m so pleased to report that the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in Amber Valley is now 2.2%, compared to 4.9% at the time of the election. That means that 1,151 are now off benefits, in work or starting…

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Heanor Hospital Consultation

The Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding two more public consultation meetings on the future of Heanor Memorial Hospital tomorrow, Wednesday 10th September. The first is at Langley Mill Miners Welfare between 2 PM and 4 PM, and the second is at St Lawrence Church, Heanor between 6…

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Core Strategy Response

Outside Lily Street Farm. I don’t think this site is appropriate for development.

As I promised in a blog post last week, I’ve made my comments regarding the Draft Core Strategy available for constituents to view online.

As a summary, I indicated that I did not believe that the number of…

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Local Plan Consultation

The Local Plan is out for consultation again following revisions made by the new administration at the Borough Council, including an increase in the number of homes needed, and significant changes to the locations where development has been proposed.

When I responded to the previous administration’s Local Plan, I said that…

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Christmas Card Competition

In addition to inviting all primary schools in my constituency to ask their pupils to design my Christmas Card, this year I’ve decided to open up my Christmas Card Competition to every child up to, and including, the age of 11 in Amber Valley.

The winner of the competition will receive…

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Amber Valley Over 50s Fair – Heanor

I’m pleased to announce that on Friday 5th September I’ll be holding the first Amber Valley Over 50s Fair. It will take place at the Wilmot Street Community Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor, DE75 7EF between 11 AM and 3 PM.

I know that many people over the age of fifty have a wide…

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Horsley Woodhouse Carnival

I was pleased to attend the Horsley Woodhouse Carnival on Saturday 19th July. Despite the weather, it was a fun day for families of the community.

While I was there, I went to visit Derbyshire Blood Bikes, which is a charity that allows out-of-hours transportation of blood to hospitals where patients…

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